Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  It is a beautiful morning.  A flock of wild turkeys were feeding in our neighbor’s field earlier.  I have been seeing more of those birds lately.  The air is a cool 71 degrees.  Tomorrow morning at this time the air will be a cool 63 degrees.  Traffic was light in town but I was out early.  And, Little River’s level dropped like a bomb yesterday.  There is plenty of water but the flow is below normal.  Median flow for this date is 127 cubic feet per second.  This morning it is flowing at a rate of 77 cfs.  The water temperature at the swinging bridge was 72 degrees at 7:45 am.

Yesterday was my weekly day off.  I stepped into Little River at the lower end of town sometime after 7:30.  It was foggy and the water felt cool.  I was wet wading.  I picked a stretch of knee deep water and held a new rod, reel and line I’ve been waiting to try out.  After 3 or 4 casts we connected with a smallmouth bass.  He was only about 8” long.  Every few casts found a new target, another smallmouth in that same size range.  I was using a #8 chartreuse popper that I made.  It is a simple fly made with a foam cylinder body.  I use medium round rubber for the legs and tail.  The tail usually has a few strands of Krystal Flash.  That fly works well for bass and larger bluegill.  The hook size keeps the small panfish from taking it deeply. 

Another smallie took the popper.  I tightened up and prepared for another 8” fish.  This one took off like a rocket.  It was a lot larger than those I caught earlier.  I messed up and he broke off.  Then I switched to a black Strealth Bomber and had the same results.  I landed 12 fish and two of them were redeye bass.  I probably lost that many fish during that hour or so.  At 9:00, the fog was gone and the sun shined on the water.  The fishing was over. 

At home I tied Yellow Stealth Bombers to sell at the shop.  Jack came over and we cooked a pizza for lunch. We pulled up our state’s GIS map online and looked at all the stretches along Little River.  The GIS map shows a lot more detail that other mapping services offered online.  We followed the river downstream on my Mac.  We discussed the best ways to access and fish the areas between Townsend and Perry’s Mill.  

Fishing is going to get a lot better everywhere in East Tennessee, at least on the free flowing rivers and on some of the lakes.  The ten-day forecast predicts highs in the 80’s and lows in the 60’s every day.  That is going to make a big difference.  I quit fishing the lakes during the past few weeks.  This heat and our aluminum convection oven we drag to the lake kept me away.  But the rivers, especially Little River are fishing well in the Park and downstream in our County.  The water is cooler.  And that is only going to improve.

The water is low and you will do better fishing for trout or smallmouth bass early and late.

Terrestrials are working great for trout in the Park.  Beetles, ants and Green Weenies will do the job.  Other flies will work too.  The trout are going to be shy and careful due to the low water.  We have a chance for some rain but right now the odds don’t look so good.  So, fish the riffles and choppy water.  Today you might want to fish in the higher elevations as the water is warmer than normal.  But wait and see, tomorrow and every day this week we’ll see cooler water flowing from the peaks to the Tennessee River.  If you are fishing for bass in the river I would use a chartreuse popper or a black Stealth Bomber.  They are working well. 

Apple Computer did it!  If you read business sites or articles in the business section of newspapers you already know this.  Apple surpassed Exxon Mobile as the most valuable company in America.  Apple’s assets are not worth what the oil giant’s assets are worth.  But the value of all the outstanding stock multiplied by the share’s selling price this week moved Apple to #1 sharing that position with past companies like General Electric and Microsoft.  Who would have thought, a few years ago, that Apple would be valued higher than Microsoft?  Not in a million years some would have said.  I’m a Mac guy and have been since they were first invented.   

Due to the recession, lots of companies have been saving their cash.  That is one reason the recovery has been sluggish.  Well now, with the recent market correction, these cash rich companies are buying their own stock at a bargain.  That is good for their investors.  It reduces the number of outstanding shares.  Those shares will have higher earnings per share.  And the stock prices will rise.  Smart move.

Have a great day and thank you for being here with us.

Byron Begley
August 11, 2011

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Our fly fishing classes will be offered from March to October 2011.   To sign up just call the shop at 877-448-3474.  You can read more on our website in the Schools Section.  The fly fishing class schedule follows:

Saturday September 10 – Beginner Day One
Saturday September 24 – Beginner Day One
Sunday September 25 – Beginner Onstream Day Two
Saturday October 8 – Beginner Day One
Saturday October 22 – Beginner Day One
Sunday October 23 – Beginner Onstream Day Two

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